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Shepard Smith Uses The Word 'Japs' In His Story About Pearl Harbor

Reported by Donna - December 7, 2006 -

Today is the 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, the day the Japanese did a sneak attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor resulting in the death of 2403 Americans.

On Studio B, Shepard Smith waxed poetically about knowing someone who was around that day.

I wasn't sure who he was talking about, could have been his father, but here is what he said:

"There's not a lot of us who are lucky enough to have someone around in our lives who remember that day, you know? The old man, Shep, was 14 that day and tells the story of playing football down the street on North Randolph. And someones mom coming down to the football field and saying you gotta come listen to the radio on the porch down the street. It sounds like the Japs have hit Pearl Harbor.

And the 14 year old boys sitting around the radio wondering what was going on a world away from them and everything around them just changed in an instant."

Comment: Now, Smith could have just been reporting a story about a mother who said that word but is it proper to use the word 'Jap' in this day and age or should he have used the word 'Japanese?' We report, you decide.